By LUKE KAMA
THE Government has been urged to provide more staff and resources to the Kundiawa General Hospital (KGH) in Chimbu following the scaling down of operations in 10 rural health centres.
Hospital chief executive officer Mathew Kaluvia told The National that more people were visiting the hospital because of scaling down of operations at the 10 rural health centres operated by the Catholic Church due to lack of funding from the Government.
“The scaling down of services at the health centres is too much and you can understand the catastrophic impacts such actions will have on the healthcare system in the province,” Kaluvia said.
He said sick people were visiting the hospital for treatment.
“The KGH is more like a referral hospital and we receive patients from across the country,” he said.
“Patients come from the four regions thus the rural health centres in the province are very important to us, especially our provincial healthcare system.
“We depend on them to provide for the rural population while we look after referrals.
“We are under extreme pressure and need immediate assistance from the Government for resources and extra medical personnel.”
He said medical supplies at the hospital had run out and staff are exhausted.
“We have a very unfortunate situation and it is an urgent need for the Government and the Health Department to intervene.”
By LUKE KAMA